China cancels Xi-Modi meet at G20 summit amid border stand-off

Friday, 07 Jul, 2017

The Foreign Ministry maintained that Doklam, which the Chinese refer to as Donglong, is not at the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan as claimed by New Delhi. However, the Indian Army had blocked construction of the road by China in the region, which is a disputed territory between China and Bhutan.

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Bhutan said last week that the road was being built inside its territory. "However to the surprise of everyone, the Indian side trampled on the basic norms governing the global relations proposed by itself by illegally crossing into other country's territory".

"Based on my knowledge and work on the China-India and China-Bhutan border affairs in the past decade, I would like to say that India's position are groundless", Li Yan says in the YouTube video.

It also alleged that the Indian troops had crossed the Sikkim sector of the Indo-China border.

"Although China recognized India's annexation of Sikkim in 2003 [Sikkim became an Indian state on May 16, 1975], it can readjust its stance on the matter".

"China and India, two neighboring countries, should get along with each other", he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold bilateral meetings with the top leadership of eight countries, including Britain, Japan and Canada, and also participate in a BRICS leaders meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, a senior official said on Thursday. This outcome of the meeting appears to have made China uncomfortable.

The ongoing standoff between India and China along part of their 3,500km (2,174-mile) shared border has now entered into the third week.

The construction activity was prevented by Indian Army, as New Delhi considers the region to be part of Bhutan.

The simulation involves both offensive and defensive training of the Chinese forces, state-run news agency Xinhua reported.

The editorial has said that Beijing should make India pay for its provocations.

Initially named Look East, India upped its involvement in Southeast Asia when it unveiled the Act East policy, an effort to foster extensive economic and strategic relations with Asean and strengthen its standing as a regional power to counterbalance China's ever-expanding largesse and influence.

"China has always taken this seriously and done a lot to this end". China calls the region as its territory. The recent statement by Lu Kang, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, that "The diplomatic channel for communication remains unimpeded".

To avoid the situation from "getting worse" as well as to avoid "more serious consequences" the Indian troops should withdraw, he said.